WaPo: US Military Lied About Afghanistan from Day One, Trove of Documents Proves

400 Top US officials cited how fake the US war in Afghanistan was...but Trump still fought to win the fake war and hide the truth

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Submitted by Molly Gannon-Washington Post to Veterans Today

 

A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post after a three-year legal battle reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

The documents contain more than 400 interviews with insiders who offered unrestrained criticism of what went wrong in Afghanistan and how the United States became mired in nearly two decades of warfare.

John Sopko, the head of the federal agency that conducted the interviews entitled “Lessons Learned,” acknowledged to The Post that the documents show “the American people have constantly been lied to.”

With most speaking on the assumption that their remarks would not become public, U.S. officials acknowledged that their warfighting strategies were fatally flawed and that Washington wasted enormous sums of money trying to remake Afghanistan into a modern nation.

The interviews also highlight the U.S. government’s botched attempts to curtail runaway corruption, build a competent Afghan army and police force, and put a dent in Afghanistan’s thriving opium trade.

Additional excerpts are belowRead the full story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/

Documents and audiohttps://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/documents-database/

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe you should use a intelligent response checker as well. So you can actually respond intelligently but that would be asking too much from a “not my president” moron.

  2. “the U.S. government’s botched attempts to curtail runaway corruption, build a competent Afghan army and police force, and put a dent in Afghanistan’s thriving opium trade.” Now this is truly laughable…as each and every charge is quite true, as they were the exact goals intended. Objectives achieved. The only ones not to know are the US taxpayer, who believes every fairy-tail…and keeps paying in more ways than one. This of course neglects the effects on the rest of the world. They fall in line and take their cut. Otherwise the whole money laundering and dope distribution scam would have been outed long ago. Even Russia, who has called this out does not scream loud enough, which makes one wonder as well.

  3. Would be nice if it was true but having seen the direction that Move On and Common Cause went I’m rather skeptical of Soros’ intent especially since he supported the Maiden Coup in Ukraine.

    In regard to Koch. I recommend the book Dark Money by Jane Mayer.

    As far is the Quincy Institute. Sure they support diplomacy except in the case of Israel’s genocidal expansion.

    Soros as far as I’m concerned is controlled opposition. So is Koch. The Cato Institute is a perfect example.

  4. Didn’t the Taliban have the opium about stopped and the US + Israel wanted to flood heroin to Russia, so we helped Afgan farmers to start it up again. I remember reading here on VT that we got it going again. The part about us stopping it seems to be a bit rose colored…if not completely false. Otherwise….Afganistan was a total waste. Except it did accomplish some goals of the Oded Yinon Plan….to force jew refugees to go to Israel.

  5. If only Congress was full of CommieFornia Libtards like Barbara Lee: the ONE person with the courage and integrity to vote NO.

    If only Congress was full of Davey Crockets when Trump’s hero the brutal dictator told SCOTUS “Let’s see you enFORCE the law & stop me”, then committed the genocidal #DeadliestUSTerrorEvent.
    If only the US military wasn’t… #JustFollowingOrders.

  6. Part II

    Part I ended up at the top of the page for some reason. Anyway here’s the last part:

    And reap his old reward:

    The blame of those ye better

    The hate of those ye guard—

    The cry of hosts ye humour

    (Ah slowly) to the light:

    “Why brought ye us from bondage,

    “Our loved Egyptian night?”

    Take up the White Man’s burden-

    Have done with childish days-

    The lightly proffered laurel,

    The easy, ungrudged praise.

    Comes now, to search your manhood

    Through all the thankless years,

    Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,

    The judgment of your peers!

    Source: Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden: The United States & The Philippine Islands, 1899.” Rudyard Kipling’s Verse: Definitive Edition (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1929).

  7. It’s actually a poem that can be found on the History Matters website:

    “The White Man’s Burden”: Kipling’s Hymn to U.S. Imperialism

    Take up the White Man’s burden—

    Send forth the best ye breed—

    Go send your sons to exile

    To serve your captives’ need

    To wait in heavy harness

    On fluttered folk and wild—

    Your new-caught, sullen peoples,

    Half devil and half child

    Take up the White Man’s burden

    In patience to abide

    To veil the threat of terror

    And check the show of pride;

    By open speech and simple

    An hundred times made plain

    To seek another’s profit

    And work another’s gain

    Take up the White Man’s burden—

    Part I

  8. “Opium Wars: Britain Invades China ” > ForbiddenKnowledge > beginning with conquest of the opium production area of India in 1760, the British banking cabal began the international drug trade. Following WW Two, the operational functions were transferred to the CIA.

    “A Brief History of CIA Drug Smuggling Involvement” >
    theGreenPulpit(.)com/required-reading/

  9. True. The US acts just like any other empire. The only difference is that they pretend to care about “Freedom and Democracy”. Read Kipling’s “White Man’s Burden” and compare the US’ actual policy.

  10. Exactly! Actually I’d just add that 9/11 was a false flag to initiate an attack on Afghanistan that had been in the planning phase when the Taliban took over and set up their own independent government that was unfriendly toward the US’ imperial objectives and to bolster Israel’s influence in the Middle East. Clean Break and PNAC make this evident. Though the latter clearly avoids mentioning Israel’s objectives in the region. It obvious that they both align.

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